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BSN Curriculum

Junior Nursing Courses

UPNS 308 Technologies in Nursing - 3 credits

This course uses the Synergy Model as the basis for the development of nurse competencies in specific patient care procedures. Emerging technology for use in patient care is included.

UPNS 309 Pharmacology - 3 credits

This course will cover the basic principles of pharmacology and drug therapy necessary for general nursing practice. Concepts of drug effectiveness, pharmacokinetics, mechanism of action, and drug interaction will be examined. In most cases, the emphasis will be on the pharmacological action of drugs on specific organ systems. Periodically, drugs will be discussed in relation to their clinical use in the treatment of specific disease conditions.

UPNS 316W Community Health Concepts - 3 credits

This course extends the Synergy Model to view the community as the recipient of care, the patient. Building upon previous community-based experiences, the emphasis progresses to viewing the characteristics of the community. Strategies are developed to promote the health of the community. This is a writing intensive course.

UPNS 317 Applied Pathophysiology I - 3 credits

This course explores the mechanisms involved in the pathogenesis of various body systems as well as psychopathology throughout the life span. Mechanisms associated with pathogenesis are contrasted with the similar mechanisms that support normal health. The relationship between pathogenesis, psychopathology, and patient characteristics will be explored. The underlying molecular, cellular, and histological deviations from homeostasis and the mechanisms that disrupt this optimal state will also be examined. Pathological and psychopathological conditions that have a higher incidence in specific developmental stages provide the context.

UPNS 318 Care of the Patient Experiencing Illness I - 3 credits

This course extends the use of the Synergy Model of Patient Care to patients who are ill. Offered in conjunction with pathophysiology, this course emphasizes nursing interventions to promote safe passage in the health care system. Nursing knowledge of complex concepts relevant to the integrity of individuals confronting physical illness throughout the life span is integrated. Pathological conditions that have a higher incidence in specific developmental stages are the context. Severe psychopathological clinical situations are also examined.

UPNS 319/319R Synergy in Nursing Practice: Illness I - 5 credits (Clinical/Recitation)

This clinical course focuses on the provision of care for patients experiencing illness across the life span. Attention is focused on the nursing characteristics inherent in the Synergy model. Clinical settings will be selected across a broad spectrum of sites emphasizing in-patient environments. Experiences are also provided in clinical settings in which patients are experiencing profound psychopathology which calls for nursing interventions. Students implement nursing interventions based on clinical judgment, caring practices, and a research base.

UPNS 320 Applied Pathophysiology II -  3 credits

This course completes the exploration of the mechanisms involved in the pathogenesis of various body systems throughout the life span. Mechanisms associated with pathogenesis are contrasted with the similar mechanisms that support normal health.  The relationship between pathogenesis and patient characteristics will be explored. The underlying molecular, cellular, and histological deviations from homeostasis and the mechanisms that disrupt this optimal state will also be examined. Pathological conditions that have a higher incidence in specific developmental stages are the context.

UPNS 321 Care of the Patient Experiencing Illness II -  3 credits

This course extends the concepts from UPNS 318 Care of the Patient Experiencing Illness I to the management of nursing care issues with patients experiencing multiple systems failure in critical situations. Nursing knowledge is explored to foster safe passage for these critically ill patients to recovery or to a comforting closure. The developmental approach is continued.

UPNS 322/322R Synergy in Nursing Practice: Illness II  -  5 credits (Clinical/Recitation)

This clinical course focuses on the provision of care for patients experiencing critical illness with multiple complications or systems failure. Attention is focused on the nursing characteristics inherent in the Synergy Model of Patient Care as these relate to highly complex situations. Clinical settings reflect the complex care emphasis. Students implement nursing interventions based on plans that reflect clinical judgment, caring practices, and a research base.

W - Writing Intensive      R - Recitation as needed